This year's All-school Curriculum Night is coming up tomorrow Thursday, February 6. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Meadows Center Room, with time to socialize over snacks starting at 6 p.m. This event is an experiential evening, where parents get to sample brief lessons in literacy, math, science and social-emotional curriculum led by our teachers. You will come away with a sense of what learning feels like for your children, while having fun with other TLS parents and faculty/staff members.
When asked for takeaways from last year’s Curriculum Night, parents said:
- "Getting to see how many teachers know my kids even if they have never been in class with them."
- "I enjoyed the passion of the teachers in the various subject areas. I appreciate the degree to which the curriculum is child centered."
- "I just loved to see the strategies employed to engage the kids, not just teach them 'stuff'."
Childcare is complimentary and available only for TLS students from 6-8 p.m., but space is limited. Please email Ray Castillo Jr. to reserve a spot for your child(ren) by 5 p.m. today. Drop-in care is not available.
The deadline to apply for priority financial aid for the upcoming 2020-21 school year is tomorrow Thursday, February 6. We are committed to making sure that all mission-aligned families are able to attend TLS. If you feel that you need some help with tuition in order for your family to continue at TLS, we encourage you to apply. Our goal is to build an economically diverse school community. Applications should be submitted online through the FAST system. If you have questions while completing the online application, please call FAST directly at their 24-hour call center: 1-877-326-FAST (3278).
Come one, come all to the Big Future Truck Event on Saturday, February 8! From 10 a.m.-noon, we'll have a number of construction vehicles on campus, so you can get up close and learn about the equipment that is making big moves on our campus. We'll also have a food truck and lots of fun activities for everyone to enjoy. As our Turnaround will be filled with trucks and fun, parking will be available nearby at the Buchan Building and Overlake Specialty School.
If you are able to help at the event – with setup, cleanup, at the welcome tent or one of the activities tents – please email Becky.
Hope to see you there!
Now is the time to make a make a donation and support Once Upon a Time: The Little School Celebration & Auction. The auction will be on Saturday, March 21, 2020, but the Auction Team is working feverishly to make this year's event great. And they need your help! Friday, February 14 is the Early Bird Ticket deadline and the procurement deadline!
- Buy Tickets! – Go online now to get your tickets. Early bird tickets are just $110 through February 14. Invite friends and family to join you. You'll be asked about your meal preference, and be sure to let us know about any seating requests in the Special Accommodations field.
- Procurement Time! – We're looking for items that we can offer to our community to raise essential funds for The Little School. You can now let us know about your donation by entering it in online.
Before sending our parents/guardians more information next week about tuition, we wanted to remind you about the Evergreen Enrollment process. All non-outgrowing students automatically will be re-enrolled for next year. Information about next year's tuition will be sent to all families on Monday, and you must notify Regan in writing by end of business Monday, February 24 to withdraw from enrolling next year without financial penalty. More information about Evergreen Enrollment can be found in the Family Handbook. If you have any questions about the Evergreen Enrollment process, please feel free to email Regan. We look forward to welcoming you all back next year here at TLS!
Director of Learning and Support Kary Kublin and School Counselor Julie Irvine invite you to join them for a monthly gathering of TLS parents/guardians who want to talk about the joys and challenges of parenting. The group will celebrate the diversity of our children and our families, and we’ll listen compassionately to each other’s experiences about times that parenting has been demanding or difficult. We hope that families will grow in their connections to each other and bring their questions and ideas to share.
The first of our monthly meetings will take place on Tuesday, February 11 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Meadows Faculty Lounge. The topic will be focused on the heart of parenting – the emotions we bring to our relationships with our children and how children’s emotional intelligence grows through time and experience. Look at the online calendar for additional dates, and come when it works for your schedule. We'll have the coffee ready! Email Kary for more information.
An additional session of Mid-winter Break Camp has opened up for 3-5 year olds due to increased interest. Email Ray to sign up for one of the few remaining spots. This camp will run February 18-21, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. Monday, February 17 is a holiday, and there is no Break Camp or Extended Day available that day.
Extended Day will also be offered from 3-5 p.m. for $13 per hour, charged in 30-minute increments. Registration will be open from January 15-February 13. If you have any questions, please email Ray Castillo Jr.
It's so exciting, we can't contain ourselves. TLS will have a summer camp! It will be available for four weeks, from the middle of July until the middle of August, and open exclusively to PS-K students. Priority will be given to current TLS students and their siblings. Given the space limitations while we finish construction and the many summer camp options available for older students in surrounding areas, we have limited the camp to our youngest students this year. More information will be on the way as details are finalized. In the meantime, email Ray with any questions.
What a lovely luncheon! Thank you so much to Monica Cornette, PGA Appreciations Officer, for organizing and to all the parents/guardians who brought food for the Faculty/Staff Appreciation Lunch on Thursday. It was wonderful, and we feel very appreciated.
We are glad that so many families have been able to attend one of our recent current parent/guardian coffees and learn more about what next year will look like for their child(ren). If you were unable to attend your grade-specific coffee, please feel free join us on Wednesday, February 12 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Faculty Lounge which is open to families from all classes.
Interested families also still have a few scheduled grade-specific coffee events coming up, watch out for an email with the time and location for each event listed below:
- 2/6 – Kristin & Mandy's classes (preschool)
- 2/12 – Open to all, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
- 2/13 – Heidi & Katie's classes (4th/5th grade)
Thank you to everyone who continues to help us keep our community healthy. The Washington State Department of Health, per the White House Coronavirus Task Force, has formally recommended to schools that students who have traveled to China stay home for 14 days. The school will be observing this recommendation.
Our kindergarten students studied camouflage with Jessie in the woods finding animals hidden with like-colors in the forest then hiding them for their friends! We discussed the advantages of camouflage, and why both prey and predator animals might want to be camouflaged.
|Our 4th and 5th graders used a variety of visual and computation-based strategies to solve problems during math. After working on multi-step problems alone or in small groups, they discuss strategies and solutions as a whole group with their peers.